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Rollin’ on the River

I’m not a big crier, but I feel two fat tears threatening to spill down my cheeks as an eight-piece band performs “What a Wonderful World.” I’m sitting in a darkened theater aboard the inaugural voyage of the American Countess, a luxurious new paddle wheeler cruising the Mississippi.

3 killer hotel restaurants around the Southeast

Stay and eat at these three stellar spots in Miami, Amelia Island, and Highlands.

Now Open: 3 new hotels around the Southeast that are worth checking out

Located in an 1883 Italianate mansion in New Orleans's Garden District, the revamped inn is a hip neighborhood hangout.

Buckhead’s Big Opening: Kimpton Sylvan Hotel

Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood has plenty of luxury hotels, but the newly opened Kimpton Sylvan Hotel stands out. For one thing, it’s a stylish example of adaptive reuse in a landscape crowded with new construction.

My South: Actor Leslie Jordan on Savannah

"I rarely take vacations because I work so much, but I learned a long time ago that a lovely way to travel is on somebody else’s dime—even if you have to act for the camera a little."

Celebrate Good Times: Southern destinations perfect for marking life’s milestones and special occasions

After a year of cancelled plans, missed holidays, and Zoom toasts, it’s time to dream big again (well, almost). If congratulations are in order, these Southern destinations offer the perfect setting to celebrate (or do over!) life’s milestones and special occasions.

Chef Spotlight: Joe Truex of Pursell Farms in Sylacauga, Alabama

Known by many for Repast, his celebrated (and sorely missed) Atlanta restaurant, Joe Truex is now executive chef at Pursell Farms, a 3,200-acre resort in Sylacauga, Alabama, featuring an inn, cottages, an 18-hole golf course, and three restaurants.

West Virginia’s New River Gorge Bridge is closed to foot traffic except for one memorable day each year

Suspended 876 feet above a mighty Appalachian canyon, the New River Gorge Bridge in Fayetteville, West Virginia, is a man-made marvel inside America’s newest national park.

On fall fairs and longing in southeastern Louisiana

When I was a kid, one of the few salves for the end of the summer and the beginning of another long school year was the St. Tammany Parish Fair in Covington, Louisiana. There was always that sense of anticipation and excitement as the weather cooled and eased into fall, the days growing shorter, a feeling that things were changing.

Walt Disney World Turns 50: A look back at the iconic park’s most memorable moments

In the last 50 years, Disney’s vacation empire grown exponentially, breaking barriers and earning the loyalty of millions. Here, we take a look back at some of Walt Disney World’s defining moments.
What to get at Buc-ee's in Georgia

10 Things You Shouldn’t Miss at Buc-ee’s

No matter if you drive north or south on I-75 from Atlanta, you'll run into Buc-ee's, a mammoth Texas-based gas station. Here are the snacks you need to pick up, the merch you should buy, and why its worth it to visit the restroom.

The Dwell Hotel
Marked by top-notch service and designed to the hilt, these hotels aren’t just a place to stay; they’re stylish destinations in their own right. Our top five picks—all opened within the last year—are within 330 miles of Atlanta for a chic weekend escape. Read the full list.


Georgia’s landscape has everything from the rugged Appalachians to granite monadnocks and shady creekside trails. We whittled it down to 12 great hikes, fit for an experienced backpacker, day-tripper, or even an urban crusader (two are ITP!). Discover scenic spots and find out which trail is Georgia’s toughest. Get out there and hike

Rollin’ on the River

I’m not a big crier, but I feel two fat tears threatening to spill down my cheeks as an eight-piece band performs “What a Wonderful World.” I’m sitting in a darkened theater aboard the inaugural voyage of the American Countess, a luxurious new paddle wheeler cruising the Mississippi.